How to become a TV presenter, TV broadcaster
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- specialist subject knowledge
You could get a degree that will teach you some of the skills and knowledge needed to become a TV presenter. Some relevant subjects include:
- media production
- drama or performing arts
- journalism or broadcast journalism
- media or communication studies
Many other degree subjects can also be useful. For example, in some presenting roles you may need specialist subject knowledge like:
You can find out about courses that are endorsed by the TV and film industry skills body, ScreenSkills.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You could take your first step into TV work through the following advanced apprenticeships:
- Broadcast Production Assistant Level 3
- Content Creator Level 3
Higher apprenticeships in journalism may also help, like:
- Journalist Level 5
- Senior journalist Level 7
With experience and further training you may be able to move into TV presenting.
Most people following this route have:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
Presenters often move into TV from other media jobs like journalism and research, or from presenting on radio or online.
You may be able to start off in jobs like production runner or researcher and work your way up with experience and further training.
You could get presenting experience through:
Look out for:
- work experience placements
- insight and talent days
- internship schemes
These may help you get into the industry.
You can search for opportunities with organisations like:
If you have detailed knowledge of a subject like sport, gardening, food or science, you might find work as an expert contributor, presenting or co-presenting programmes with an experienced professional.
Some broadcasters hold competitions to find new presenters.
You'll usually need a showreel, with clips of yourself on camera, to give to broadcasters, producers or media recruitment agencies.
You will need to audition and take a screen test.
Competition is strong, so you'll need determination, persistence and the ability to promote yourself.
Jobs are not always advertised, so you need to make industry contacts to find out who is hiring.
You'll find more details about working in TV and the media through: